Certified vs. Non-Certified Metal Buildings

Metal buildings can be certified or non-certified, however in both the case it’s almost impossible to find the visible difference between both. But there are many things which differentiate between them, to make the correct choice you should understand the difference between them.

In areas where a building permit is essential only certified metal buildings are eligible to be installed. A certified building is one that is engineered to handle specific levels of air pressure from high winds and a certain weight from snow loads during winter weather.

If a building permit is not required, a non-certified structure such as a metal building or a carport can use. If you live in an area where no building permits are necessary, the choice between a certified and a non-certified building is up to you. Moreover, one may purchase a non-certified building and then increase the installation strength by using more anchors, braces, and screws. For example, the kit may come with four anchor braces to be used in each corner and during the installation optional extra anchors can be placed down each of the sides for more stability.

Virtually all metal buildings including metal carports, garages, RV shelters, and barns can be certified. Moreover, an un-certified building can strengthen by adding extra components to the structure. To pass the building inspection, where building permits are required, a certified building must be installed on a proper concrete foundation or strongly anchored to the ground according to the specific engineering specifications shown in the metal-building plans. Additionally, the building inspector will look to see if the supports and anchors for the structure are installed properly according to the requirements of the plans.

Here is a side-by-side comparison of the features and the differences between certified and non-certified metal buildings

  Certified Building Non-Certified Building
Galvanized Steel Thickness of Frame 14-gauge (30% thicker) 12-gauge
Minimum Wind Rating 80 mph Not Rated
Minimum Snow Load Capacity 20 lbs. per square foot Not Rated
Maximum Wind Rating 150 mph Not Rated
Maximum Snow Load Capacity 80 lbs. per square foot Not Rated
Meets Local Building Codes Yes No
Engineering Drawings Yes No
Stamped/raised-seal plans Yes (extra charge) Not available
Tighter Screw Pattern Yes (30% more screws) No
Certified by an Engineer Yes No
Built for specific wind and load capacity Yes No
Braces A Knee brace for all legs peak braces each bow Four Corner Braces

Channel Peak Brace

Extra Anchors Yes Optional
Meets Safety Standards Yes Not Required
Greater Durability Yes No
Better in Extreme Weather Yes No
Bigger Investment Yes No
Better Protection Yes No
Handles Light Wind and Snow Yes Yes

Certified Metal Buildings

Differences in Local Building Codes

Even though, local building codes differ, ordering a certified metal building for installation in a particular area means that the manufacturer will supply a building that meets or exceeds the local building codes.

Engineering Plans

A copy of the engineering plans will supplied upon request. Stamped or raised-seal plans are available at an extra charge if your building codes/inspection department requires them. This is not a guarantee nor is there a warranty on certified buildings. It simply means that the building is built to specifications and certified by a professional engineer much like a contractor builds a house to meet state and local requirements.

More Facts on Certified Buildings- Triple-wide and 40-feet wide buildings always come fully certified. Certified buildings have a tighter screw pattern (more screws) when compared to non-certified buildings. In some areas, on carports 8 feet tall and taller, certification includes extra bracing. Certified garages do not include the extra bracing. Depending on the surface type of where the building is to install, a certified structure may include mobile home anchors or extra concrete anchors.

Un-Certified Metal Buildings

Non-certified structures and non-certified carports are buildings that are not designed by professional engineers for specific characteristics. They simply built to industry standards. These buildings are built where engineered wind without loads standards. This type of structure is usually used when building permits are not required.

The investment required for this type of metal building is less. They are perfectly fine to use in areas that have no building codes with low winds and little snow.

More Facts on Non-Certified Buildings- Depending on the area, non-certified structures come with only four braces, one for each corner. It is highly recommended that customers who purchase a non-certified metal building for installation on the ground, to purchase additional mobile home anchors. This will increase the security of the installation.

Whether your needs require a certified or a non-certified metal building depends on the area where the building will installed, year-round weather conditions, and if building permits are required. Discuss these issues with the building manufacturer to determine the right type of building to meet your needs.


Types of Metal Carport Anchors and Their Importance

Metal and steel buildings are built to a stand well against a specific amount of wind speed. In areas that are subject to high winds, built quality should be taken in securing the structure to the ground very well. Depending on the type of structure, the building’s use, and the type of foundation or surface below the building, there are different kinds of anchors that are used to make building robust against wind. These include rebar anchors, concrete anchors, asphalt anchors, and auger anchors that are also known as mobile home anchors each anchor have its significant identity. Here is an explanation of the different types of anchors and their appropriate uses.

Rebar Anchors

Rebar anchors are used to secure a metal building to the ground in areas with low winds and that have strong, sturdy soil. Rebar anchors are one-half inch wide by 32 inches long. They are made from the same type of material that is used to make the metal rods that are placed inside concrete to provide structural soundness.

During installation of a metal building, the base rail is drilled with holes and then the rebar anchors are inserted into these holes and hammered into the ground. Stronger auger-style anchors are recommended in areas with high winds and if the soil is soft or if it has to be disturbed (leveled) for the building installation.

Concrete Anchors

Concrete anchors are used to secure a metal building to a concrete foundation. This type of anchor is very strong and effective in areas with high winds. Concrete anchors are expansion bolts. They are installed by drilling holes in the base rail of the metal building and then down into the concrete to the depth of about three to four inches. Then nuts with locking washers are placed on the ends of the bolts and tightened down.

The process of tightening the bolts causes them to expand in the drilled holes. This pressure on the walls of the holes makes it very difficult for them to be dislodged. The length of the concrete anchors that are used depends on the thickness of the concrete foundation.

Asphalt Anchors

Asphalt requires a special kind of anchor. Expansion bolts like those used as concrete anchors are not effective with asphalt because, when tightened down, the expansion can cause cracks to form in the softer asphalt. To avoid causing any cracks in the asphalt, an asphalt anchor has either a screw-like thread design or strong barbs that capture the asphalt, like a fish hook, after the anchor is inserted.

These specially-designed asphalt anchors should only be used for asphalt installations and are not suitable for use in concrete or soil. They have the unique design of a loop handle on the top. This loop is used by placing a metal rod or strong tool handle through it to be able to turn them as they go down into the asphalt. Then cables or straps are used to attach to the base rail to hold it securely in place.

Auger Anchors or Mobile Home Anchors

Auger anchors, which are also called mobile home anchors, are used to secure a metal building directly to the ground. The soil needs to be leveled prior to the installation. A pilot hole is first made in the soil at the place where an auger anchor is to be installed. Then, by using a metal rod or strong tool handle, placed through the loop at the top of the auger anchor, it is turned to go down into the ground.

Proper installation is to turn the auger anchor until the top of it is about four inches from the ground level and then use cables or straps to attach to the base rail to hold it securely in place. Most strong installations use an auger anchor about one for every two linear feet of the base rail.

For best results, use the correct type of anchors to install a metal building properly. Over-engineering of using more augers than required by minimal needs is warranted if there is a chance of high winds or gusting winds in the area. For proper anchoring, it is better to be stronger than required. Consult with the steel building installation experts and do a site inspection together to make a good decision about the types of anchors to use and how many should be used for a secure installation of a metal building, such as a carport.

Rent to Own Program for Prefabricated Metal Buildings

Maybe you need a garage, carport or other outbuilding for your home or business, but don’t have the time, effort or know how to build one from scratch. It’s time to find out about your other options. Call us today to make and install a sturdy metal structure at your home or business. Even better, learn about rent to own financing options that enable you to get one of these amazing buildings today. We’re here to help, especially if you don’t have perfect credit.

Why Rent to Own Program is For You

You work hard to make ends meet, but through a variety of circumstances, you have less than perfect credit. Even with good credit, you may not want to impact your credit score with a large one-time purchase. Now, there is another way.

The rent to own program works like a financed loan but contains more flexibility than borrowing from an outside lender. You can get a building worth up to $8,000 with no down payment and regardless of imperfect payment history. Pay in installments of 36 months or less, after which the building belongs to you. For carports and garages that cost more than your approved limit, you have the option to pay the balance before installation. If you have good credit you can still take advantage of the rent to own option. Actually, with good credit you can rent to own buildings worth up to $25,000.

There are many reasons you should choose rent to own financing. The main benefit is that it’s flexible and provides options that do not consider or impact your credit rating. However, there are other advantages to consider.

Why Buy with Rent to Own?

Rent to own programs can be attractive to buyers, especially those who expect to be in a stronger financial position within a few years.

Instant Results

Find out immediately if you qualify. You can begin the planning process for your new building as soon as you’re approved.

No Capital Expenditure that Impacts Your Profitability

If you pay cash, it drains your personal or business resources. Buying a metal building for your business outright impacts your reported profits and impacts your credit rating. Instead, choose a small cash outlay followed by affordable monthly rental fees that convert to equity when you pay the final installment.

No Credit Score Required

You don’t have to worry about your credit score, which isn’t required for this agreement. It also won’t drag down your credit rating. 

Lock in a Purchase Price

A rent to own purchase is like getting into a time machine. You start renting now, but in a few years, you become an owner. You get instant equity and time to build up your credit score in between.

Free Delivery and Installation

You don’t have to worry about freight or labor charges. Forget planning out complicated building stages and various expenses. Expert installers come to your home or business to construct your new garage or carport for free. Did we mention it’s also much faster than traditional building methods which take months instead of days?

Things to Consider

When you contact us, we encourage you to ask any questions that will help you decide if this program can work for you. There may be cheaper options that bring down the monthly payment. Also, consider the problems this will solve for you, including protection from the elements, extreme weather and greater security for your vehicles and other property.

Perfect credit is nice, but flexible financing that works for you is even better. Contact us today for more information on the rent to own program. You can get a prefabricated carport, garbage or other metal building immediately without a huge one-time cost.